require a lot of time and attention. They need you to care
for them, love them, spend time with them, teach them and just
be their best friend. You wouldn’t leave a baby isolated – spending
most of his time by himself – and you should not isolate
your puppy, either. Four-legged babies need to be with the
family inside and outside the house. Training helps puppies
learn how to behave in both environments.
there are many more responsibilities that come with a puppy
and they require
a budget month-after-month and year-after-year
if you expect to have a healthy, happy dog and a functional
is a partial list of necessary supplies -- a guideline of accessories and
services. Costs vary from region-to-region,
but a good
is $700 to $1200 a year depending on geographic location
and the size of your dog. Some say the average lifespan
of a dog
is ten years and I know dogs who are a lot older. For a
normal dog’s life, figure $8000 to $10,000 and a lot
more if your dog develops a disease like diabetes
dish (Weighted and non-slip)
Water dish (Weighted and non-slip)
Leash (Consider the size of your dog. Puppies that are
toy and small breeds should have lighter weight leashes
larger breeds. For safety, leashes should be well-made
enough for your dog.)
Training collar (Standard and large
breeds need a smooth metal link training collar. Toy and very small
breeds or dogs with delicate necks should use a nylon
collar rather than
a metal one. Uncle Matty never uses shock collars or
Collar (A regular collar is important and should provide
a place for your dog’s ID information including
your contact number.)
Wire crate (With sheepskin bottom or
rug for crate training and limited, proper confinement.
Large enough for your growing puppy – dog must
be able to stand up in the crate and turn around. Your
puppy must be
able to see out of the crate on all sides. Do not use
a plastic travel crate for crate training.)
Sleeping area with bedding (Safest
and most comfy place is the wire crate mentioned above with a
sheepskin insert in the bottom. Yawn. Yawn.)
Teething soothers (Puppies are teething
until six months of age. Be sure you help your puppy
soothe those sore
a reusable Fill-‘N-Freeze Bone or simply rinse
wash cloths in cold water, wring out the excess and
place the twisted rags
in your freezer. When doggy needs some relief, give
him a frozen washcloth. When the cloth your puppy is
chewing has thawed, take it away from the dog so he cannot chew
and eat it. Ice cubes may also be a solution.)
Toys (Look for fun, challenging and
safe toys. There are doggy educational toys, challenging
toys that hide
and secrets, safe chews and toys that cannot be pulled
apart easily. Dogs should have several toys and they
challenged with playtime that includes your participation.
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Care and Puppy Shots
should select a qualified veterinarian before you bring your
puppy home. Get recommendations from
the neighborhood. Find a vet who is not too far
from your home
and one who is a D.V.M. or V.M.D. You will find
good information that may help you select a good veterinarian
at this government sponsored site.
of the first things you should do is have your
new puppy checked by your veterinarian and if
one has not
had his series of shots, that is a must. They
should be initiated right away when the puppy is from
weeks of age.
Shots are then administered every three weeks
until the puppy is four to six months of age. No puppy
to strange dogs until the series of shots are
complete. Cost for
the series can be as much as $80 to $100. Neutering
or spaying should also be anticipated. Annual
are about $200.
need adequate nutrition for their rapidly growing bodies.
Consult with your veterinarian
about the dietary
your particular dog. Then stick with the
same food type and brand. This provides important diet consistency
helps avoid upset tummies and diarrhea that
can be caused
food and brands. $400 to $500 a year is a
estimate for the cost of food. Of course there is a big
feeding a Chihuahua and a German Shepherd
Training & Problem
Web sites that list costs of owning a puppy
or a dog often do not include training
as a necessity and this
some dog owners to believe that puppies
outgrow their problems without training. The truth is, they grow into
up to be big bad habits if they are not
nipped in the bud. And then of course, the
problems are a lot more difficult to solve. Naturally,
you want to select a qualified dog trainer
like Uncle Matty who uses love, praise
and affection as positive motivation – a
trainer who will bring out the best in your
puppy. You can speak with Uncle
Matty about one-on-one training throughout California by calling
you live outside Uncle Matty's normal training area, you
can talk to Uncle Matty at 800-670-9663 about telephone
consultations or one-on-one training if you want him to travel
to your home. Otherwise, if you live outside California, USA, get recommendations.
Interview trainers and obtain a list of
references and clients.
trainer and watch him or her as they work
training is the best solution because most problems occur in the
home and that's the best place to solve them. If you are home
and can work with your
dog on a daily basis, choose in-home
training with a trainer. If you are not able
to be consistent and work with your dog
and the trainer,
at a qualified facility.
costs more in metropolitan areas than in
smaller communities. Uncle Matty training is customized to the
needs of the dog and the owner. A chat with Matthew will help
determine the costs.
a professional trainer is not possible, the next best thing
your own dog
using recommended step-by-step books and
videos like Uncle Matty's Basic Training Video Set.
Uncle Matty's Basic Training Video Set or his
exclusive training and problem solving kits. Regardless, training
is essential if you are to communicate
your dog and
enjoy the best
dog ownership can provide. Plan on spending
from $30 to $150 for
books and videos.
The cost of licensing your dog depends
on your community. Be sure you get the
dog license and especially
tags for your dog’s collar in case
your pooch is ever lost. Usually $10 to $20
If you do not groom your own dog, the
only other choice is a professional
groomer. Some veterinary
grooming service. Long-haired dogs
require daily brushing and more grooming than others.
All dogs need regular bushing
a bathing routine. Some dogs’ skins
are more sensitive than others and
grooming products as well as the frequency
of a bath are
the needs of each dog. A trip to the
varies from size of dog to services provided.
Usually the minimum
would be $25.
Boarding or Pet Sitting
If you go out of town and do not take your dog,
and you are not able to leave your dog with a responsible friend or relative, you need
a quality boarding facility.
Pets should not be left
for long periods of time. Check out the kennel facility before boarding your pet. Kennel areas should be kept clean. There should be one dog per run in a safe, enclosed environment. Dogs should be exercised daily in an area that provides safety. They should also enjoy playtime. Most important, there should always be a responsible person at the kennel caring for the animals 24/7. Your dog's diet should remain the same and if the kennel cannot provide the type and brand of food, be sure you provide that for your dog's stay.
Boarding will be
$12 to $20 or more a day including food. Your dog will be less stressed the first time you leave him at the kennel if you take him to the boarding facility for a few hours a couple of different days before you depart. A single overnight may also be a good idea. .